ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A young Navajo teen has opened a soap shop in Albuquerque’s Old Town.
Kamia Begay, 13, started making the soaps for her friends and family who encouraged her to start selling them. The idea blossomed into the Nizhóní Soap Company, which she started with her parents. Nizhó Ní means beautiful in Navajo.
KOAT-TV will spotlight the store as part of its “The Good News Files” feature.
Begay’s father passed away a few years ago and she said making the soaps was a way to cope. She now focuses on what he taught her and pushes forward.
“I tie my culture into it too,” she said. “I’m full-blooded Navajo and I infuse it with different herbs like Navajo tea, sage, cedar and Yucca.”
The store also has sugar melts and salt scrubs. Prices range from $10 to $20 and domestic shipping is free.
The shop is located at 2021 Old Town Road, Suite D. Visit nizhonisoaps.com to learn more about Begay and her products. She has two other stores in Farmington and Mesa, Arizona.
KOAT will air the piece Friday during its news programs and you can find it on its website.
“The Good News Files” is a collaboration between the Albuquerque Journal, 96.3 News Radio KKOB and KOAT-TV. The stories highlight good news stories in the community.